5th place in Getting Ready

Wedding photographer Anna Kalina Ciesielska, was awarded 5th place for photo 60611 in the Getting Ready category for the WPJA's 2008 Q1.

The WPJA contest judges presented Anna Kalina Ciesielska, a Poland wedding photographer, with this Master Piece Award as recognition for top wedding photojournalism in the industry.

The leading documentary wedding photographers in the world enter their best photos to the Wedding Photojournalist Association's photography competitions. They want their wedding reportage photographs to be evaluated and selected by some of the most notable and respected working picture editors and photojournalists in the news industry (these are not wedding photographers or other WPJA members judging their work). Winning these competitions is a true accomplishment for a wedding photographer.

2008 Q1 Judges


  • I like the emotional connection between the woman lying on the bed before her wedding. The photo has a dreamy and wistful, dreamlike quality that I respond to. There is no turning back from this moment. Once she puts on the dress she will never be the same as she prepares to share her life with her fiance. I can think of so many scenarios that are interesting that go along with this photograph and that makes it compelling. It also has nice light and composition and it's clean and to the point. Not all photographs have to have complex compositions and be about layers. This photograph is understated, yet powerful. It doesn't get simpler than this. Natural, soft light, and a beautiful moment combine to make an image that just "feels" dreamy. Exposing for the rapidly falling off window light is what keeps this image so simple and helps to get rid of any unneeded details.

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